Meet & Greet


Who We Are:

Brooke Allen is lifelong lover of books and stories in every medium she can find. She was the only kid in her entire middle school whose parents utilized grounding her from reading as a punishment. She is a staunch believer that every dog is better than the all humans and is chronically klutzy and awkward.

Natalie Argentina is an animal loving, native Houstonian. She values the unknown and continuously seeks out new philosophical ideas far surpassing her understanding. When she is not engrossed in mind-numbing Netflix originals, Natalie enjoys campaigning for both animal and human rights. Watch out; no one comes between her and her cat, Cole or her dog, Sonnie (yes, named after the infamous Disney show: Sonny with a Chance).

Joseph Arnold is a recluse who spends most of his time hanging out with fellow recluses like Donna Tartt, Cormac McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Emily Dickinson, J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, and Harper Lee. Not much is known about him except that he enjoys writing stories and poetry.

Ashton Borden is a high fantasy enthusiast inspired by magic, swordplay, and myths. In her free time she enjoys playing with her cat, Dragon, and her dog, Romeo, as well as catching up on her true crime podcasts and pre-planning her life (i.e. she has spreadsheets for her wedding, rough blueprints for her future home, and several lists of various plans that really do not matter at all). If lost, she can probably be found nestled in bed watching cooking shows.

Kat Frusha is an aspiring crazy cat lady who uses exclamation points excessively and says howdy way too much for anyone’s good. She is from Huntsville, Alabama, a place she thinks would be so fun to walk around at night if given the opportunity. Speaking of…..does she do anything during the day? Yes – gaming, reading, writing, exercising, and snoozing. The five essentials of the modern era.

Tess Hensley is an optimist against the wishes of every single person she’s ever come into contact with. She has been described as a light by strangers and those close to her, which is both kind and a little alarming. She warns you, dear reader, that she has a killer oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe and she’s not afraid to use it. Proceed with care.

Ryan Hisle is an aspiring fiction writer from a small town in Kentucky. He loves modern comedy shows and video games that depict heavy fiction, and is especially fond of games that are mostly creative with small hints to reality and real world history. Ryan hopes to one day be a part of a video game developing company, helping to bring new stories and experiences to the world of gaming.

Valerie Lawhorn is a workaholic cat lady that will obsess over your entries perhaps a bit more than you will. Rorschach is the two year old black and white tuxedo cat of Valerie. His interests include stealing the warmth and stress of the key board mid-project, and watching squirrels. Stockholm is an orange monster green with envy. Not to be outdone by his brother Rorschach, Stockholm will relentlessly cry in front of the screen until his needs are met.

Keerthana Manoj is an avid reader and writer from Memphis, Tennessee. She particularly enjoys fiction that incorporates unconventional and quirky narrative elements, like stories about mutant grasshopper-humans who feed off of stray carpet fuzz or about dogs who bike to their jobs at bookstores (not that these particular examples currently exist). Keerthana enjoys writing similarly strange fiction that also incorporates her Indian heritage and experiences growing up. Her current favorite novel is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and she is on a personal quest to discover a new favorite novel.

Sierra Napoleon is the patent pending new combo of your grandmother’s skeleton in the flesh suit of your cool aunt. She is programmed with such fun attributes as: constantly hungry, infuriatingly stubborn, and frequently tired. Some activities crammed onto her Hobby Chip are watching comedy TV shows, reading dark-comedy literature and manga, and listening to heavy metal and indie bands. Unfortunately, her crude jokes button is jammed, and she has permanent writer’s block, but it’s too late to fix that.

Kailey New has a Spotify account with little bit of everything EXECPT country. You can find her asking the question “Why does everyone hate Nickelback? Their songs are actually good,” only to get no response because no one seems to know. She loves all things fantasy and could probably become a detective based on the amount of episodes of Criminal Minds, Quantico, Blue Bloods, Blindspot, etc.. and youtube murder mysteries she watches. A childhood addiction to all things Scooby Doo is probably to blame for that.

Alyssa Schoonmaker enjoys a hot cup of earl grey tea each morning, with just a splash of almond milk and a bit of sugar. She talks to the cluster of potted plants on her windowsill daily because words of affirmation keep them alive. In return, they listen politely to her tuneless renditions of Taylor Swift’s entire Folklore album. She writes short stories occasionally and bakes her own bread each week.


Who We Are Not:

  • Ishmael
  • Spooky scary skeletons
  • Successful cult leaders… yet.
  • Beyoncé in the Lion King
  • Website designers
  • Evil lizard-people with a hunger for human flesh
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Ronnie
  • Spicy soy sauce, we’re just a little salty
  • Hobbits having second breakfast
  • The French-Canadian children’s television show, “Telefrançais.”